Betsy Gotbaum is the Executive Director of Citizens Union. She served as the New York City Public Advocate. She was elected as Public Advocate for New York City in 2001 and again in 2005, she was the third woman elected to a citywide post in NYC history. For the past four decades, Ms. Gotbaum has had a distinguished career in New York City’s public and private sectors. She has worked as an advisor to three mayors, executive director of the New York City Police Foundation, commissioner of the city Department of Parks & Recreation, and president of the New York Historical Society.